Expert tips : Ascot - 23/03/24

Racing & Sports expert selections.

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RACE 1 - YARRALEA (6) was just a touch too far back to threaten last week in a tougher race and is on the quick turnaround today. Nicely placed off the inside and was only narrowly beaten in a similar event two back. Racing well without winning but now gets her chance. YALLINGUP GIRL (8) has bumped into a couple of smart ones her past couple and does rise in grade slightly this time. Brad Parnham replaces the apprentice jockeys though and if she can run up to her recent form, she should be right in the finish. FAST FLICKER (4) won well at Esperance over an unsuitable trip first-up and looks ready to go to the next level this time in. Must be included. FORTUNE'S LUCK (7) is better than she showed last start and can show that from a better barrier today.

RACE 2 - PREMIUM GIRL (5) has been in superb form of late, picking up and spitting out her rivals last start at Pinjarra. Back in trip may be a little concern, but she's drawn well and still looks to be on the way up. Can continue her strong run of recent form. ODINAKA (2) was superb in the Lex Piper 21 days ago, running on strongly to finish 0.6L off the winner. He was big odds there but came through a strong form race over this course and distance. Will most likely be back in the run but is sure to be finishing off strongly. SIBERIAN SIREN (4) stepped up to 1200m last start and was only narrowly beaten in the 3YO Magic Millions. Out to this trip for the first time but judging by her latest run it shouldn't be an issue. Can play a major role. INFLUENCING (3) continues to raise the bar this campaign and hits this on an upward trajectory. Can continue his unbeaten run. COOL MEMORY (6) has been right around the mark all campaign and warrants plenty of respect.

RACE 3 - SISU WARRIOR (3) led all the way to score over 1400m at Bunbury a fortnight ago and now steps out to the mile. Will need a touch of luck from the alley, but CJP is striking at 22% of late. He continues to improve with racing and can bring up back-to-back wins today. ROKANORI (1) was chasing hard behind Sisu Warrior last start and made a race of it to the line. He was 20-1 there though and now steps out to the mile for the very first time. Well drawn for Derrick who takes 1.5kg off and a repeat effort should see him right in the finish again. CATCH THESE HANDS (7) held his own behind Sisu Warrior last start, beaten 1.5L despite finishing in 7th position. McGruddy has won 3 times when riding and he hops back in the saddle. Can make his presence felt out to the mile again. AUTUMN REBEL (6) seems to have lost his way a touch but finds himself in an easier race today. Nicely drawn and can improve. PRAY AGAIN (8) is ready to peak now third-up and must be included.

RACE 4 - BOOTS LIKE BRUCE (1) led them up and bolted in over 1200m at Bunbury a fortnight ago and rises to a distance he's been successful at previously. He should find the front from the inside alley and if he can run up to what he did last start he'll bring up the hat-trick. OLY'S CHOICE (5) ran on strongly when favourite last start but may not have been suited by the way the track was playing at Bunbury. Form prior was good, running on strongly at this track and trip two back. Sure to be finishing off with a head full of steam. WITHOUT REG (4) backed up his good win two back with a strong effort at Bunbury last time out. Maps for a similar run this time and with a solid pace anticipated, he should get every chance. MADAME MAGIC (10) is better than she showed last time out and can feature in this race if she can bring her best. HESKET (8) bounced back last start and now gets CJP in the irons from a nice alley. Include.

RACE 5 - ULTIMATE COMMAND (5) led and kicked away to win at Bunbury last start after a narrow defeat first-up. This is a tougher event, but Campbell knows the mare well and she should get every chance from the draw. Can continue her recent string of form. BLEECKER STREET (6) disappointed last time out after a good win as favourite two back at this track and trip as favourite. 21 days between runs and back to this trip looks ideal and CJP sticking is a positive sign. Can bounce back to winning ways. CHOIXWAY (9) never got into the race last start over this course and distance back could be an improver third-up as he peaked at this stage of his last campaign. Can sit much closer today and land the knockout blow. REGAL STATUE (8) just missed last start when favourite at Pinjarra and drops in weight today. Keep safe. VAMPI AT PLAY (7) is better than she showed last start and can bounce back in a big way.

RACE 6 - Honouring the old marvel Rock Magic in this event but it looks like up-and-comer WILD BELLE (7) is the one to beat. Brilliant in the Miss Andretti last time we saw her on January 17th and hasn't been seen publicly since. Looking for a slot in The Quokka and can put her best foot forward as she moves onto bigger and better races. GEMMA'S SON (1) sustained plenty of pace in the Bluff Knoll to pull away and win impressively at Albany. Paul Harvey has had plenty of success when riding previously and he has the pace to offset the draw. Can play a major role. REAL DANGER (6) may have found the 1300m journey a bridge too far 27 days ago and getting back to this distance can see her at her peak. Nicely placed for Parnham and a return to her best form will see her right in the finish. SNOWDOME (2) has disappointed either side of a break but his best is certainly good enough to feature. Just needs to find it now. PETULA (8) is another on the way up and can be flashing late.

RACE 7 - The Supremacy Stakes for the 2YO's and SIR DREAMALOT (3) goes on top. Simply dominant on the quick back-up at Bunbury a fortnight ago when winning by 4.5L and he has form around some smart ones prior to that. Looks the one to beat off his last start effort. ONEMORETWOMANY (1) looks to get plenty of favours today after a bold first-up run in the Magic Millions. An inside draw is a big tick as are the blinkers going on first time. Has to give his rivals weight but he does have plenty of class about him. He's the main danger. EARTHSTORM (7) hasn't been sighted since a flashing 1.4L defeat over this track and trip on February 3rd. She may be able to sit a touch closer this time from the draw and if she can run up to her efforts that day, she'll be right in the thick of things. SINFUL LIVING (4) looks as though she'll appreciate the drop back to 1000m and can run an improved race. GOLD MAKER (5) may be a long way back in running but is sure to be flashing late.

RACE 8 - Time for the Grandstand Cup where RED FIFTY THREE (8) looks the one to beat. Superb in the Bunbury Stakes last start where there was plenty of discussion about an on-pace bias that day. He proved he stacks up at this level and he remains at the bottom of the weights. Can storm over the top of them and go one better. MOJO RHYTHM (3) boasts a nice third-up record and was a course and distance winner in a similar race last campaign. Beautifully drawn for Noske and he looks set to peak now. Will give the top pick something to think about. MULTINATIONAL (7) won well first-up but failed as an equal favourite in the Bunbury Stakes most recently. He has been known to dip second-up though and now he draws a much better gate at peak fitness third-up. Can bounce back in a big way. RIVER RUBICON (2) is another who boasts a strong third-up record and must be respected. KARLI'S KARMA (1) disappointed her past couple after a throat issue. Since spelled and can run a big race on resumption.

RACE 9 - FAT ROY SLIM (5) was a dominant winner two back at Pinjarra and backed up that effort as favourite at Bunbury last start when beaten 0.9L. Wide draw is a little niggle, but Derrick has steered him to victory previously and 1.5kg coming off is handy. Just has to hold his form to win again. DUCHEES DEMERIT (8) has been running on strongly of late, flashing to finish 1.5L off the winner at Bunbury. Draws nicely this time for Fiore and if he can hold a closer spot in running, he's sure to be right there at the finish. FOREVER BOY (10) is a 3YO on the way up, possibly eyeing a Derby spot. He led all the way over 1675m at Bunbury a fortnight ago to win narrowly and now jumps sharply in trip. Fit and improving, he can make his presence felt. FLOWER IN THE WIND (9) has been right around the mark her past few and while the draw is a niggle, she can't be knocked on recent efforts. SANTA BRAE (6) scored an all-the-way win here last start and can be prominent from the alley once again.